CLEMSON, S.C. ---
Facing an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent for just the second time in school history, the Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (1-2) defeated Clemson 69-53 Sunday afternoon in a non-conference contest at Littlejohn Coliseum. Junior Cinnamon Lister finished with a game-high 24 points while Ashlee Guay added 16 and Camille Mahlknecht finished with 12.
The Matadors started strong in the first half, building an early 11-4 lead. CSUN hit three of its four 3-point attempts. At the break, CSUN held a 34-21 advantage. Lister finished the half with 12 points while Guay had eight points and four rebounds at the break. As a team, Northridge shot 43 percent from the field and committed only four fouls in the opening 20 minutes.
Northridge picked up right where it left off in the second half, scoring the first seven points of the period. The lead swelled to as big as 23 as CSUN shot 43.3 percent in the half and for the game (26-of-60). Clemson could get no closer than 14 before an Emily Cole 3-pointer snapped that Tiger run.
Lister finished 9-of-18 from the field and 4-of-9 from 3-point range. She added two rebounds and three assists in the victory. The point total represented a new career high for Lister, who spent her first two seasons at Boise State. Guay was 6-of-10 from the field and knocked down three 3-pointers. She added six rebounds and five assists in the victory.
Mahlknecht just missed a double-double, posting 12 points and nine rebounds. She added four blocked shots and is just 22 away from setting a new school record. In her first game of the season, Janae Sharpe had three points, three assists and five rebounds. Randi Friess had nine points, four rebounds and four assists.
Nikki Dixon led Clemson with 23 points, but the Tigers shot 32.2 percent from the field (19-of-59) for the game. The Matadors out-rebounded the Tigers 40-36 and had 11 steals to six for Clemson.
The win was CSUN's first ever over an ACC opponent. CSUN has now defeated at least one BCS School in each of the past three seasons: West Virginia (Big East, 2011), UCLA (Pac-12, 2012), Clemson (ACC, 2013).
CSUN returns to action on Tuesday, Nov. 19 with a road contest at Georgia Southern. Tip off between the Matadors and Eagles is slated for 7 p.m. (ET)/4 p.m. (PT).